The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will hire 10 trainee journalists as part of a broader expansion of the newsrooms.
The mastheads will also hire another four roles in presentation and distribution, which are in addition to the nine new roles in these areas announced in early October.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are hiring trainees. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer
The Herald and Age’s executive editor Tory Maguire said the introduction of new journalists to the newsroom was an indication of the confidence its leaders have in the health of the mastheads.
“Developing the next generation of journalists is a key responsibility for the leadership of the Herald and The Age. It’s also a great joy,” Maguire said.
“Our last round of trainees, who came on board at the end of 2018, have won Walkleys, contributed to big investigations, delivered countless scoops, covered natural disasters, written for Good Weekend, and been a huge positive contributor to the output and mood of the newsrooms.
“That they have spent a significant proportion of their careers in remote-working conditions is a testament to their passion and resilience. Welcoming ten new young journalists into the metros in early 2022 will be a brilliant way to celebrate being back together, and is a signal of the confidence our leaders have in the health of our mastheads.”
Fairfax Media, which owned the Herald and The Age until the merger with Nine Entertainment Co, hired 20 trainee journalists in 2018. It was the masthead’s largest intake since 2014 and included roles at sister publication, The Australian Financial Review.
The Herald is the country’s largest masthead with an average 8.4 million monthly readers, according to Roy Morgan data. The Age is the second most read masthead in the country with 6 million readers.
“These traineeships are the best opportunity in the country for people who want to work in newsrooms that cover the news without pre-conceived ideas about how the news should be covered,” Nine’s managing director of publishing James Chessell said.
“Our wonderful, open-minded subscribers and loyal readers don’t just want to be informed and entertained – they want to be challenged in an intelligent and insightful way.”
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